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Altamont American Legion Post at their regular scheduled meeting on June 23rd installed their Post Officers for the 2015-16 year. They are Gary White: Commander, Jerry White: Sr. Vice Commander, Dave Wolf: Jr. Vice Commander, Todd Slingerland: Adjutant and Finance Officer, Jesse Mays: Sergeant of Arms and Ralph Rounds, Chaplain and Service Officer.

Vanners gathered to the Altamont Fairgrounds as part of the 43rd Annual Van Nationals. Pictured is a van with a Dark Side of the Moon album art paint job.

The Sunshine Pals 4-H club is shown donating funds to the Society Horse Barn renovation project at the Effingham County Fairgrounds. Effingham County Fair representative Dean Wetherall accepts the donation.

The alley behind St. Elmo city hall has become a literal money pit. Repairs were approved by board members at the July 6 meeting.

The Kids Worship Team at the St. Elmo First Church of God led the Father’s Day worship service on June 21. Involved in the service include, in no particular order: Elizabeth Austin, Natalie Oberlink, Grace Austin, Olivia Baker, Eli Austin, Melissa Hoffman, Josiah Maxey, Xzavier Austin, Zekiah Austin, Abram Austin, Laela Austin, and Kyleigh Maxey.


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Vanners cruise into Altamont Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Monday, 13 July 2015 14:54


The 43rd Van Nationals were held at the Effingham County Fairgrounds July 8-12. Van enthusiasts flooded the gates while rains flood the grounds, but the events went on.

Volunteer gate manager Dixie Carda, from Las Cruces, N.M., stated on Friday that approximately 500 vans had made their way to the event. More were expected throughout the day.

Vans were judged based on size, make, and body modifications. Long-time judge Keith Weise, from Vanners cruise into Altamont Kansas City, stated that all judges must be certified prior to the event through the completion of a four-hour course. This ensures that standards can be applied to the judging. Weise stated that at a typical event, the vans are parked in a field, making for easy judging.

The rains prevented such a practice this year, but organizers scrambled to implement a system to overcome the challenge.

While there are winners and losers, for many, the event was simply a chance to share their love of vanning with others. Richard Jackson, from Water Valley, Ky., brought his van, The Roamer, to the show. He and his wife, Pam, have been vanning longer than they have been married.

St. Elmo city council names new public works supervisor Print E-mail
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Monday, 13 July 2015 14:53


After a last-minute notification that the previouslynamed public works supervisor would not be taking the job, the St. Elmo city board members approved the hiring of Peggy McKinney at the regular meeting on Monday, July 6.

Mayor Ernie Myers announced that $100,000 in Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) grant money relatedto the I-70 tax increment financing (TIF) district has been temporarily suspended.

Myers stated that the city has applied for another grant.

Myers also stated that the incorrect placement of a shut-off valve on the waterline to Pinnacle Foods had resulted in water being turned off at the city main during two recent water leaks. Pinnacle offered to pay $50,000 to place a shut-off valve in the proper spot. Myers had offered $5000 in city funds. The board approved the expense with David Watkins voting against it.

Guse retires after more than 41 years with USPS Print E-mail
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Monday, 06 July 2015 12:31
BY ALVIN OLIVER Altamont city postal carrier Marlin Guse has retired from the United States Postal Service with 41 years and eight months of service. His final day was Friday, July 3. Guse began his career on Oct. 13, 1973, though not as a full-time carrier. He began as a part-time clerk and substitute carrier. He spent the first 20 years of his career in that capacity in Altamont outside a year-and-a-half when he was transferred to Vandalia. Guse came back to Altamont and became a full-time city carrier in 1993. He states that he cannot say enough good things about the customers on his route. He has truly enjoyed all the people that he served and has worked with. Guse has been awarded the million mile club award (30 years of safe driving without a preventable accident) and the star performance award. He has been married to his wife, Rita, for 45 years. The couple has two children, Candy (husband, Kurt) Wolff and Chris (wife, Joyce) Guse. They have four grandchildren, Klaiton, Karsyn,and Kaiden Wolff, and Mary Guse.
Fayette County Fair kicks off Sunday Print E-mail
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Monday, 06 July 2015 12:33


The 86th annual Fayette County Fair will take place Sunday, July 12 through Saturday, July 18 at the fairgrounds in Brownstown.

A capella quartet Blend will set the stage on fire on opening night. Tickets are $5 for adults and children under 12 are free.

Monday sees the opening of the carnival and the crowning of the 2015 Miss Fayette County Fair. Armbands for the carnival are available for $15 nightly from 6-10 p.m. The queen pageant begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children ages six through 11, and children under five are free.

A truck and tractor pull, stock car racing, monster trucks, and a C-Bar rodeo will be held throughout the week.

Call (618) 427-5285 with questions.


Local businesses, organizations donate to Society Horse Barn Print E-mail
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Monday, 22 June 2015 12:22

In the ongoing project to remodel the Society Horse Barn at the Effingham County Fairgrounds, fair directors have been accepting donations to cover the various costs. Recently, several area businesses and organizations donated funds for the project.

First Mid-Illinois, ADM, South Central FS, Schuetzenfest, Daisy Dolls and Guys 4-H, Shumway Eagles 4-H, Sunshine Pals 4-H, Mill Road Thresherman Association, and Schuetzenfest all made donations recently. Renovations continue at the site, with the project to be completed this summer.

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